Travis Ishikawa, who at one point this season seriously contemplated hanging up the spikes, sent the Giants into the World Series in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night with a walk-off, NLCS-clinching three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha. Ishikawa was about as unlikely a hero as there could have been in that series.
Ishikawa himself still isn’t sure that he was the one who punched the Giants’ ticket to an October match-up against the Royals. Per CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, Ishikawa said, “I can’t describe the feeling I have each time I see it or each time I think about it. It still doesn’t seem like it was me.”
It’s an incredible story, one we’ll certainly be passing on for years to come. In case you missed or forgot what happened, enjoy Jon Miller’s call of Ishikawa’s Bobby Thomson moment.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.